The theme for this year's sixth annual design festival in Jerusalem is “Islands”, a reflection on a global shift towards a more inward-looking world and a redefinition of political, cultural and social barriers.
Chyutin Architects built the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel. The weight of the concrete buildings around the complex is dissolved in its glass façades. The ground floor literally and metaphorically raises up the NIBN, with the offices and laboratories on its upper levels.
Jerusalem's Van Leer Institute has been completed with the Polonsky Academy of Advanced Studies by Chyutin Architects. The result of a competition, the new building by Israeli studio Chyutin fits the expressive vocabulary of the Van Leer campus and the Jerusalem Theatre to the south, establishing a dialogue with the greenery of the Talbieh district.
Architect Simon Couchman has designed an apartment on two levels overlooking a park in the centre of Jerusalem’s Germany colony. A wooden construction for books gives the home a cosy, traditional feel despite its contemporary design.
SPAZIOFMGPERLARCHITETTURA, Iris Ceramica and FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti’s gallery, inaugurates its 2011 calendar of events with the exhibition ITALIANS DO IT BETTER #3, dedicated to quality Italian architectural projects abroad.
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